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Call for ‘chat benches’ to combat loneliness in Wales

We’re calling for a new initiative to help tackle loneliness and isolation to be implemented in Wales. ‘Chat benches’ have been set up across Somerset by Avon & Somerset Police to help spark conversation between people in the county and we think the idea would work in Wales too. Loneliness and isolation is an epidemic […]

William encourages more men to sign up to become carers

William Betters from our Flintshire office says he wants to break the stereotype that a position in care is more suited to women and is encouraging more men to become carers. The 49-year-old has worked as a care worker for five years. He looks after the elderly and vulnerable in the area. He said: “It’s […]

Spotting the signs of depression in the elderly

According to the Mental Health Foundation, depression affects around 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 and over. It is estimated that 85% of older people with depression don’t receive any help at all. Older people are more susceptible to depression as they can be lonely and not see friends or family members […]

We’re encouraging people to celebrate elderly on Silver Sunday

We’re encouraging the people of Wales to celebrate the older generation on Silver Sunday (October 6, 2019) in a bid to combat loneliness. On Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Easter and Christmas we urge people to consider spending more time with their loved-ones. However, we need to be ensuring older people feel valued all year […]

Cadbury teams up with Age UK to tackle loneliness

Tackling loneliness and social isolation is important to us. We love to hear about any initiatives and ways that we and the general public can help. More than 1.4 million older people in the UK struggle with loneliness. 225,000 often go a whole week without speaking to anyone. Cadbury is donating the words from its […]

The benefits of owning a cat for the elderly

Animals can play a huge role in anyone’s life, but particularly in an elderly person’s life as they can often be their only companion. It’s important than an elderly person is able to stay in the comfort of their own home, among familiar surroundings and with their beloved pets around them. Owning a pet can […]

Having a healthy social life in your 50s and 60s could prevent onset of dementia

A new study by University College London (UCL) has revealed that being more socially active in your 50s and 60s can lead to a lower risk of developing dementia later on in life. Researchers used data from 10,228 participants of the Whitehall II study, who were asked on six occasions between 1985 and 2013 about […]

‘Happy to chat’ benches to combat loneliness

Avon & Somerset Police have rolled out ‘chat benches’ in Burnham-on-Sea, Taunton and Weston-super-Mare in a bid to tackle loneliness and isolation within the communities in these areas. Benches in Taunton’s Vivary Park, along Burnham-on-Sea’s seafront and in Weston-super-Mare’s Ashcombe Park, have had plaques attached with a sign that reads ‘The happy to chat bench […]

Royal Mail’s ‘Feet on the Street’ campaign to tackle loneliness

The Royal Mail has recently been trialling a new campaign to help tackle loneliness in older people. With 18% of the population now being over the age of 65 and many of them living alone, the Royal Mail has teamed up with Liverpool City Council and around 100 volunteers who are age 65 or over. […]

Do you know who I am poem

Our talented poet and carer, Dave William’s, has penned another poem for us to share with you. This time he’s written it from the eyes of an elderly gentleman: As I sit slumped in my chair in front of you Do you know who I am? In my mind’s eye I’m still me, But all […]